All across the country, there are all different types of venues related to classic video games. From bars to restaurants and everything in between, there always seems to be a place that you can go locally to enjoy a night out with your favorite home-time hobby in mind. In January of last year, we had brought you the story about how Bandai Namco was interested in working on such an establishment themselves, and next year, those in the Chicago area will have their grand opening, when a new restaurant and club based on the companies popular “Pac-Man” series called “Level 257″ opens up next year.
When you think about retro video game series, there are only that select handful that can be called classics. Within that set of classics, there are also a select few that have the distinction of having games being released from it over the course of four decades. One of these series without a doubt comes to us in the form of the Castlevania series, which has been going strong since the original versions came out in the mid 1980s. Hardcore Gaming 101 has recently released a brand new guide called “Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents: Castlevania”, which offers an amazing and colorful reference guide for the entire series, from the first “Castlevania” game all the way to this years “Lords of Shadow 2″
While we mostly talk about console gaming around these parts, we cannot forget that the computer played a big part of our gaming heritage, with a variety of great computers that were just perfect for gaming. One of the most popular computers for gaming in the 80s was the Commodore 64, which still to this day has a lot going for it, with a strong and dedicated homebrew community. One homebrew in particular called “Powerglove”, was recently released on physical cartridge, but it was also announced that those that do not have access to a C64 can now get the chance to play the game on something more modern, like the computer you have on your desk.
In 1983, Brøderbund released for the very first time a game called “Lode Runner”. The game would ultimately become a very successful computer game, with versions of the title being released for a variety of popular computers of the era, including the Apple II, Atari 8-bit family and the Commodore computer series. It would also ultimately become available for home video game consoles including the Famicom. We at Retro Game Network are sad to report the news that the creator of this legendary series, Douglas E. Smith, has died at the age of 54.
One of the cool things about being a retro gamer in the modern age, is the number of different tools that are out there that helps us make our own creations. Because everyone is different, and because everyone has a wide array of likes and dislikes, some of these creations are not only amazing, but chances are the ideas are somewhat unique to the entire community. If you are a fan of DOOM as well as a fan of Donkey Kong Country, I bet you would never imagine the two universes becoming combined any time soon. However, that concept has actually come to light, thanks to a fan of both series, and with the help of GZDooM!